Friday, May 27, 2016


The north visitor parking lot located next to the University of Iowa’s Mayflower Residence Hall on Dubuque Street will close on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at noon for continued work on the Iowa City Gateway Project. It will remain closed through 2017.

The lot will instead be used for the University of Iowa CAMBUS turnaround. CAMBUS is currently using the access road at Terrell Mill Park to turnaround, but this access road will close for crews to begin work to elevate the southbound lanes of Dubuque Street this spring.

To assist public parking needs, eight spaces in the rear parking lot were reclassified by Parking and Transportation as 1-hour parking spaces. The public parking spaces are located immediately after you enter the parking lot on the right-hand side. Temporary signage currently designates the parking spaces until meters can be installed.

Visitors are reminded that parking in the bus and fire lane are prohibited and are subject to ticket or tow. As a reminder, parking in permit spaces is prohibited and subject to ticket or tow. We appreciate your patience and cooperation while the north visitor parking lot is closed.

The Iowa City Gateway Project is a flood mitigation project that will elevate Dubuque Street while also raising and replacing the Park Road Bridge. To learn more, visit


December 22, 2016

Traffic is expected to switch to the northbound lanes of Dubuque Street beginning Monday, December 19, 2016, weather pending.

The change is part of the Phase 2 traffic pattern for the ongoing Iowa City Gateway Project, a flood mitigation effort on Dubuque Street. Vehicles are expected to travel head-to-head in the northbound lanes for the duration of this phase of work. The shift will allow the contractor to begin work on the retaining wall near the river and the elevation of the southbound lanes.

With the Stage 2 change, access at Taft Speedway and Ridge Road will be closed due to restricted sight distances and turning movements in the head-to-head configuration. Brown Street and Kimball Road will also open either Tuesday, December 20 or Wednesday, December 21, weather depending.

Drivers are encouraged to proceed with caution through the construction zone and look for alternate routes when possible.

To learn more about the work and view the phase 2 plans visit


July 11, 2016

Gateway Project construction activities will temporarily close Park Road between N. Riverside Drive and the City Park exit beginning July 13, 2016. The road is anticipated to re-open to traffic by the end of the day Friday, August 12.

CAMBUS Stop 2121 Levitt Center, Stop 2110 Hancher/Park Road, Stop 2114 Hancher East Lot, and Stop 2115 Hancher Lot West will be closed for the duration of the closure. CAMBUS will continue to service the area via a temporary stop located to the south of Stop 2114 and Stop 2115 in the Hancher Parking Lot. CAMBUS riders should expect minor delays in service and are encouraged to use for real-time bus information.

Through traffic drivers looking to access Riverside Drive and areas west on Park Road should follow posted detour route. Those using Park Road between Rocky Shore Drive and Riverside Drive will not be impacted. However, pedestrians will need to detour across the Hancher Pedestrian Bridge.

The Gateway Project timeline is very fluid and subject to change. To receive Gateway Project updates from the City of Iowa City via e-mail, sign-up for City of Iowa City E-subscription notifications and select “Iowa City Gateway Project Updates” under the construction and housing category.

June 24, 2016

Dubuque Street is reduced to one lane in each direction between Foster Road and Ronalds Street​ beginning June 28, 2016 for utility installation. Kimbell Road and Brown Street are also closed where they meet Dubuque Street. These intersections should reopen in mid-September. Drivers should take note of these construction areas and take a different route when possible. As always, use caution when driving through a construction area.

June 23, 2016

Construction activities will temporarily close the intersection of Park Road and the north access road of Hancher Parking Lot beginning 12:30 a.m. Friday, June 24 through 6:00 a.m. Saturday, June 25. To access Hancher Parking Lot or to travel west bound via Park Road, motorists will need to travel via North Riverside Drive.

Hancher Parking Lot will continue to be serviced by CAMBUS. Riders will need to board/alight at a temporary stop south of the current CAMBUS stop. STOP 2121 Levitt Center, STOP 2110 Hancher/Park Road, STOP 2114 Hancher East Lot, and STOP 2115 Hancher Lot West will be closed for the duration of the intersection temporary closure.
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June 14, 2016

Weather permitting, beginning Wednesday, June 15 Park Road will be closed between Riverside Drive and Holt Avenue. This closure is necessary to facilitate the reconstruction of Park Road without disturbance to existing trees and utilities in the area. It is anticipated that the closure will reopen to traffic by the end of the day on Wednesday, June 29.

Vehicles traveling on Park Road between Dubuque Street and Riverside Drive, and south on Riverside Drive, will not be impacted. Vehicles trying to access Park Road west of Riverside Drive will be detoured via Ferson Avenue and River Street. Sidewalk will also be closed at this location, and pedestrian traffic will be detoured along the same route.

For detailed information on the Gateway Project, visit

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May 27, 2016

Weather permitting, beginning on Tuesday, May 31, 2016, construction will begin on the Iowa City Gateway Project, including Park Road and Dubuque Street. 

 It is anticipated that lane shifts will begin on Park Road beginning on Tuesday, May 31. Lane reductions are also expected on Dubuque Street beginning on Tuesday, May 31. During this time through vehicle and pedestrian traffic on Park Road and Dubuque Street will be maintained. 

“Critical closures” lasting up to 10 days occasionally will be necessary on Dubuque Street over the course of construction which is expected to be completed summer of 2018. As specific traffic control changes or closures are anticipated, additional information and impacts will be provided for motorists, pedestrians, and CAMBUS riders.

When planning alternate routes, the UI reminds drivers of the construction on Hawkins Drive between Highway 6 and Finkbine Drive, which has narrowed the road to one lane in either direction. Construction on Hawkins Drive is expected to finish August 12, 2016.